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Skills You Can Learn at Home

By: Xiaofan Gao
Jun 10, 2020 • 2 min read

Ready To Learn a New Skill?

While some places have already opened, your best bet is to stay at home for the summer. If you don’t have anything to do, why not work on learning on a new skill or two? There are some things in life that school won’t have the opportunity to teach you, so take advantage of the free time and explain them to yourself, all from the comfort of your own home. Without further ado, here are some crucial skills you can learn at home. 

skills you can learn


Cooking’s almost a given at this point. Ever since restaurants and fast food places closed, people have been buying mass amounts of groceries and ingredients to prepare meals themselves. Even after quarantine restrictions were lifted, many are still reluctant to go out to eat. In the future, these kinds of establishments could end up shutting down if a vaccine for this virus isn’t found. Thus, being able to cook ranks at the top of this list. If you have never been near a stove in your life, search up simple recipes online, like fried rice or tomato soup. Once you understand the basics, you can work your way up to medium and hard level difficulty dishes. If you’re like me and don’t enjoy cooking, then just do it once or twice a day, and have a premade meal for the other times. 


Contrary to what you might hear, everyone can learn to code. What varies is how quickly you’ll pick it up. No matter how difficult it might seem, keep on learning. Being able to code is a skill that more and more industries are beginning to value, as the world continues embracing technology. So even if you aren’t a software engineer or web developer, learn a bit of coding, so you can stand out from other applicants for whatever role you apply for. As a bonus, writing code and solving programming practice problems actually sharpen your logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Learning sites like edX, Coursera, and Udemy offer paid and (sometimes) free courses, along with a certificate from accredited institutions, which you can show future employers. 

skills you can learn

Writing or Drawing/Painting

Doing an activity that can be classified as “art” stimulates the right side of your brain, which is in charge of your creativity, emotional intelligence, and more. In other words, by writing, drawing, or painting, you’re helping to develop your interpersonal and communication skills, which makeup as much of who you are as your intellect and studying ability. By doing the arts, it also gives you an excellent chance to destress and relax. All you need to practice this skill is a computer, if you’re into typing or digital drawing. If you’re more of a hands-on person, grab some paper and writing or coloring tools and get started!

Well, there you have it: a list of skills you can learn and practice at home. What are some skills you have learned recently? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog. 


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